Ecological Restoration and the Law: Recovering Nature’s Past for the Future


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This special edition of the Griffith Law Review, the first of its kind in the world, investigates the emerging legal interventions, both those officially sanctioned and informally applied, to recover nature’s past for the future. These interventions range from the sporadic acknowledgments of ecological restoration in transnational law, such as in the Convention on Biological Diversity and the European Union’s Habitats Directive, to national-level initiatives such as the Collaborative Landscape Restoration Program implemented in the United States under the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. The articles that follow help us to critically evaluate the character and impact of current regulations and other governance mechanisms that address ecological restoration, to advance theoretical understandings for better governance reforms for ecological restoration, and more broadly to generate critical and interdisciplinary insights into environmental law.

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